The Round of 16 has just finished. The States are out, no surprise. I was not surprised that we nearly did not make it out of the group. The playing fields are reasonably level these days. Algeria (although many of their players were born and live in France) produces good futebol players, as does Slovenia. Any 11 decently skilled and fit players, on their day, stand a decent chance of beating any given 11 from anywhere.
We (the US) were nearly beaten by Slovenia in the group phase, and had to claw our way back to tie. the last minute winner against Algeria was good, though.
Ghana beat us fair and square. Poor decision making on Clark's part; he coughed up the ball and the Ghanaian forward took full advantage. Well done to him. In extra time, I thought Bocanegra and DeMerritt (sp) had the long ball covered -- apparently not.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thanks for visiting!
This is my first personal blog entry ever.
My hope is that you have stumbled onto this blog because of a love for futebol, and are a thoughtful person who has insightful comments and will leave them here for me and for others to see. The hope is to engage the reader, whoever you may be, in a dialog on something related to our shared interest.
My good wife Monique recommended i start a blog on this topic seeing as futebol (AKA futbol, football, soccer) is one of the few things in my life that makes me truly happy.